Palladium Books® – Press Release – April 11, 2008

UPDATE:
Palladium’s Big Move & New Home

On March 28, 29 and 30, a small army of fan volunteers (about 50 of them) gathered to help Palladium Books move. Kevin tried naming most of them in one of his Murmurs, our apologies to those who got left out. Some of the notable volunteers included Carmen Bellaire, Joe Bergmans, Roger Cartier, Eric Campion, Chris Guertin, Lucas Buck, Todd Wargin, Mark Oberle, Mike Leonard, Chris Perrin, James Brown and the Goddess Diane, and a host of others from across the country. Thank you everyone!!

Our new home is . . .
Palladium Books Inc.
39074 Webb Court
Westland, MI 48185
Online: www.palladiumbooks.com
Help/Order Line: (734) 721-2903

The move was all-consuming and exhausting for the last three weeks, but we are finally starting to get back to normal (whatever that is).

The new warehouse area is looking great! The new book shipping/processing area is awesome (Julius was thrilled), and at least 85% of the warehouse is done, up, and running. Likewise, the offices of Alex, Wayne, Jason, Jeff, and Margaret are 90-100% finished, and so is the kitchen.

Our poor boss, Kevin Siembieda, on the other hand, has been so busy running around and helping get everyone and everything else set up and running, that his office is still a mass of boxes and empty shelves. At least he’s been able to write checks, pay bills, make phone calls and do the necessary business.

All of us see the new building as representing a new beginning and the place is filled with smiling faces and positive energy.

UPDATE:
Erick Wujcik

We regret to report that Erick Wujcik’s health it failing. Kevin had a nice talk with Erick on April 5, 2008 and said he sounded wonderful. However, Erick is weak, tires easily and he has entered into hospice. Thankfully, he is not in much pain, and reported enjoying reading books, visiting with loved ones, and feeling surprisingly “normal.”

You can continue to post your thoughts and well wishes to Erick on erickwujcik.com – log in and post away.

UPDATE:
Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® RPG – available now

Fan response to Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® Role-Playing Game has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve sold a record number of copies direct to fans, and most distributors have reordered at least once since its March 20 release date.

Everybody, from fans to distributors is surprised how much they like the manga-size. Okay, not everyone, but the vast majority like the smaller, more portable size. Folks have been talking about the wealth of new information, details, artwork and Quick Character Creation tables.

The RPG picks up where the DVD movie begins, with the return of the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF), the separation of the SDF-3 from the rest of the fleet, the battle of Reflex Point, space combat, treachery and everything else that is part of Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles®.

  • Gamers are ranting and raving about Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® Role-Playing Game!
  • Appeals to role-players and fans of all generations.
  • Human mecha include Alphas, Betas, Cyclones (various), Bioroid Interceptor, the Condor, and more.
  • Quick roll character tables and M.O.S. skill sets make character creation possible in 15-20 minutes.
  • O.C.C.s include the Battloid Ace, Veritech Fighter Pilot, Military Specialist, and others.
  • Areas of Military Specialty – M.O.S. packages provide each O.C.C. with areas of special training.
  • New skills, O.C.C.s, mecha and action.
  • New text, art, information and character sheet.
  • Key Robotech® mecha statted out and illustrated.
  • Invid enemy statted out and illustrated.
  • The Haydonites, their mecha and more.
  • Adventure settings and ideas.
  • Fast playing RPG rules. Mega-Damage setting.
  • Cover by Apollo Okamura. Great art throughout.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Jason Marker.
  • Manga size for easy portability (5x7½ inches).
  • 336 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 550.
  • Available now. See what everyone is talking about!

    Coming for Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® RPG

    We hope to see new Robotech® sourcebooks released as soon as this Summer. We’d love to have the Macross Saga and Robotech Masters sourcebooks out by July, and the Deluxe, 8½ x 11 (hardcover?) Edition of the Robotech® Shadow Chronicles® RPG making its debut at Gen Con this August.

    Southern Cross fans will be happy to know we plan to give the Robotech Masters sourcebook the royal treatment: in-depth coverage, new and updated information, and all new artwork. Writer, Jason Marker, is already doing research for this sourcebook.

    We are thrilled to be working on Robotech® again, and are having a blast making it even better the second time around.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to run out to your local game store and take a look at a copy for yourself – assuming they can keep it in stock.

    The Rifter® #42 – is at the Printer
    – Ships End of April

    The Rifter® is your doorway to unlimited imagination and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. It offers new heroes, powers, weapons, magic and adventure for your games. It presents new villains, monsters and dangers to battle, and new ideas to consider. It helps you unlock your imagination by showing you what other gamers, just like you, have created. That’s right, many of the articles and source material are written by ordinary gamers and fans like you.

  • Rifts® source material The Coalition™ Edge.
  • Rifts® Wormwood™ source material The Wormwood™ Addenda.
  • Nightbane® source material and adventure hooks Warlords of Boston.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ source material S.C.R.E.T.™ Around the World.
  • Rifts® and any RPG with Supernatural Beings Supernatural Leather Working (spookier and more gruesome than the title might imply).
  • The latest chapter of Hammer of the Forge™, fiction.
  • News, coming attractions and more.
  • $10.95 retail – 96 pages – Cat. No. 142.
  • Ships around April 25, 2008. At the printer.

    What’s next from Palladium

    Now that the Palladium crew is getting settled into its new office and warehouse, we hope to get back to a prolific schedule of RPG releases. We are geeked about the future of RPGs and have a zillion ideas for new games and sourcebooks. Here is what we have planned in the tentative order of release.

    The Rifter® #42 – At the printer. Ships around April 25, 2008. Another great issue, packed with fun material.

    Dimension Book™ 11: Dyval™ – the Minion War™ is on, and we’ll be banging out sourcebooks for it one after another. Dyval is the dimension of Hell at war with Hades. Suitable for use with all Palladium settings from Rifts® to Palladium Fantasy RPG® and Heroes Unlimited™. May.

    Dimension Book™ 12: Dimensional Outbreak™. The battle between Demons and Deevils escalates and begins to spill out into the rest of the Megaverse®. The dimensional gateway that is Center on Phase World is the first to feel the impact. June.

    Dimension Book™ Heroes of the Megaverse®. A sourcebook tie-in to the Minion War, featuring a legendary book of magic almost as famous as the Cosmic Forge. Set in Phase World® and the Three Galaxies™. June or July.

    Rifts® Tales of the Chi-Town ‘Burbs™. An anthology book of short stories that take place in the Chi-Town ‘Burbs. Stories by Kevin Siembieda, Jason Marker, Braden Campbell, Carl Gleba, Jeffry Scott Hansen, Josh Sinsapaugh and others. June.

    Dead Reign™ RPG. The zombie apocalypse, Palladium Books style. ‘Nuff said. June or July.

    The Rifter® #43 “Swimsuit” Issue. More deadly ladies, NPCs and villains from across the Megaverse® and more. 96 pages. July.

    Robotech® The Macross Saga Sourcebook. The First Robotech War. Manga size, 192-256 pages. Veritechs, Destroids, Zentraedi invaders, Rick Hunter and more. July or August.

    Robotech® Masters Sourcebook. The Second Robotech War. Manga size, 192-256 pages. The Armies of the Southern Cross, Veritech Hover Tank, AJAX, Logan, Robotech Masters, Bioroid invaders and more. August.

    Deluxe Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® RPG. An 8½x11 expanded edition. More artwork and information, probably hardcover. August.

    Warpath™: Urban Jungle™ RPG. Gritty, modern day combat on the mean streets of our cities in a secret war against terrorism and crime. Summer or Fall release. Yep, this book is finally under full development thanks to the efforts of Carmen Bellaire and Jeffry Scott Hansen.

    Other titles in production not yet scheduled. These titles may be added to those above or may be slated for release in the Fall of 2008 and early 2009.
    - Armageddon Unlimited™ (Minion War™) Fall.
    -
    Megaverse® in Flames™ (Minion War™ final chapter) Fall.
    - Fleets of the Three Galaxies™
    - Rifts® Lemuria
    - Rifts® Delta Blues™
    - Rifts® Dark Woods™
    - Rifts® Voodoo
    - Rifts® Shemarrian Nation™
    - Triax™ 2
    - Mysteries of Magic™ (Fantasy)
    - Monsters & Magic™ (Fantasy)
    - Atorian Empire™ (HU2)
    - Nightbane® Survival Guide and a few others, as well as a Chaos Earth™ novel.
    - Chaos Earth™ First Responders (sourcebook)

    Rifts® Dimension Book 11: Dyval, Hell Unleashed

    Dyval™ is a dimension of Hell that is a deadly rival of the Demons of Hades. It is also the second book in the Minion War™ series, and is every bit as fantastic as Hades.

    Dyval™ is a hellish dimension very different from Hades, but just as exotic, dangerous and horrible. The Deevil Host, evil monsters and minions, Deevil society, monstrous War Steeds, magic, adventure settings and more. Interest among Palladium fans is high.

  • The hellish dimension of Dyval mapped and described.
  • New Lesser and Greater Deevils along with all your old faves.
  • Inhuman minions who serve as the Host.
  • Magic weapons and horrific war beasts.
  • World information and adventure ideas.
  • A stand-alone Dimension Book that is also the second step in an epic, five book adventure that spills across the Palladium Megaverse®.
  • Companion to Hades and the next chapter in the Minion War™.
  • Artwork by Nick Bradshaw, Mike Wilson, Mike Mumah, and others.
  • Cover painting by John Zeleznik.
  • Written by Carl Gleba and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 192 pages – Cat. No. 873 – $22.95 retail. May, 2008.

    Rifts® Dimension Book 12: Dimensional Outbreak

    The Minion War™ spills into Phase World®, the city of Center and the Three Galaxies™. The epic scale of the Minion War just got bigger and even the Worlds of Warlock, the Splugorth and Naruni are involved.

  • Phase World’s Center described and mapped. Four new levels, including the Gateland, Central Station, the Spaceport, Repo-Yards, Free Trade Zone, Warlock Market, notable merchants and places of business, and much more.
  • Demon Knights, Star Slayers, demonic legions and more.
  • Demonic spaceships, magic weapons and new horrors.
  • Deevil fortifications and defenses.
  • Space spell magic (new).
  • Spaceships, power armor and other gear.
  • The plot for conquering the Three Galaxies.
  • A stand-alone Dimension Book that is also the third step in an epic, five book crossover that spills across the Palladium Megaverse®.
  • Artwork by Apollo Okamura, Mike Mumah, and others.
  • John Zeleznik cover painting.
  • Written by Carl Gleba.
  • 192 pages – Cat. No. 875 – $22.95 retail. June, 2008.

    Rifts®/Phase World® Sourcebook:
    Heroes of the Megaverse®

    War factions from the Hells, Hades and Dyval, have discovered the existence of a great mystic artifact that has been hidden and protected by the Cosmo-Knights of the Three Galaxies. And both sides want it.

    The artifact is an ancient Rune Book that contains the names of the 2000 greatest heroes the Megaverse® has ever known. But it is more than a historical document, it is a magic item of unparalleled power.

    According to legend, the tome has many great powers. One such power is that reading the name of any one person inscribed, while evoking the proper magic, will give the reader the knowledge and power of that great hero. And many are the powers of the 2000.

    The artifact also has its dangers. It is said if the List of Heroes™ is wrested from the Cosmo-Knights and kept locked in the pits of Hell, then the Knights and all heroes of the Three Galaxies will lose hope and flounder. If the book is destroyed, it is said, the Cosmo-Knights will cease to exist within a generation and the forces of Chaos shall reign. Needless to say, the Lords of Hell, the Splugorth and many others who serve Chaos would do anything to get their hands on the List of Heroes.

    Rumor also suggests that the artifact may hold clues to the location of the Cosmic Forge, perhaps in some sort of code or the memories of the heroes who can be evoked. And there are many other tales of cosmic power, healing and knowledge all associated with the book and the ghosts of the heroes named on its pages.

    As circumstance would have it, the List of Heroes has fallen into the possession of the Player Characters. The question is, can they keep it safe from the forces of two Hells until it can be returned to the safekeeping of the Cosmo-Knights? Or will they misuse it for their own, personal gain? How will this scenario unfold? Who is on that list? Buy a copy, play out the scenario and find out.

    Note: This is the Adventure Sourcebook that prints the names of everyone who purchased the A Megaverse United™ limited edition print. It is also likely to include the names of some winners from the Heroes of the Megaverse® character contest as fully statted out characters (heroes and villains).

  • Minion War tie-in adventure sourcebook.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Illustrated by various Palladium heroes.
  • 96 pages – Cat. No. 877 – $14.95 retail. June or July, 2008.

    Dead Reign RPG

    – Zombies coming to Palladium in Summer, 2008

    You got your first glimpse of Dead Reign™ in The Rifter® #40 – that’s only a glimpse of what’s to come. Bear in mind that this article was just a look at part of the proposed story and setting, with suggestions for using existing rules to play now. The final RPG will provide a rich, detailed post-apocalyptic world and the heroes who have managed to survive.

    Dead Reign™ is a game of survival, rescue and revenge. Player characters are both the hunted and the hunters as they battle the creeping doom and pray for salvation.

  • S.D.C. setting.
  • Zombies have taken over the world.
  • Zombies control the cities. Humans hide in remote wilderness areas.
  • Zombies capture, keep and breed humans in food pens.
  • Player characters are ordinary people fighting for their very existence or bent on revenge.
  • Humankind fights to rescue those they can, and destroy as many of the zombie abominations as they can.
  • Is this the end of the world as we know it? Pick up a copy of Dead Reign™ and find out.
  • Written by Josh Hilden and Joshua Sanford. Additional text, rules and ideas by Kevin Siembieda. Coming this Summer.

    Armageddon Unlimited

    The Minion War in the Heroes Unlimited setting

    The Minion War has rolled into countless dimensions with a roar, but not on Heroes Unlimited™ Earth. Here, the monsters of Dyval are working covertly behind the scenes, causing chaos and mayhem, and have brought Earth to the brink of global war. However, the demons’ dimensional incursions have alerted super-heroes around the globe to their sinister presence and the heroes are mounting their own response. Can the heroes of Earth stop the demons’ plans to plunge our world into Armageddon?!

  • Superheroes vs demons!
  • New Powers and Super Abilities.
  • New Super Classes like the Heroic Hellion and the Demon Hunter, and variations on old classes like the Mystically Bestowed, Enchanted Weapon and Enchanted Object, only with a demonic twist!
  • Notable Magic Guilds and their knowledge of the Minion War.
  • The Deevils’ plans to cause global Armageddon and create their own hellish version of Rifts Earth under their control.
  • Notable Deevils, Anarchy Teams, and their henchmen.
  • The Deevil Super Fortress mapped out and described, and the hellish minions who guard it.
  • The Demons’ response and their rival incursion into Earth.
  • The Heroes’ response – specific heroes locked in the greatest battle against evil the world has ever known.
  • An optional, detailed time-line of events that have brought Earth to the brink of global annihilation. Game Masters can use the time-line to weave a long-term campaign or use it as background in their current games.
  • The first Heroes of the Megaverse will make their grand appearance in the battle to save Earth!
  • Written by the Head Minion, Carl Gleba.
  • 160 pages – Cat. No. 527 – $18.95 retail. Fall, 2008.

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